The Leiden University is one of the many universities in the Netherlands that is focused on giving only the highest quality of education not just to the locals, but to students from different countries who would like to study in the Netherlands and to eventually live and build the career there. It is also one of the oldest universities that have been founded in the year 1575 by no other than he Prince of Orange – William.
Currently, the Leiden University offers a wide range of courses but is mostly focused on seven faculties:
• Medicine / LUMC
• Mathematics and Natural Sciences
• Social and Behavioral sciences
• Governance and Global Affairs
From the seven faculties, the Leiden University is able to offer 50 undergraduate programs and a hundred graduate programs. The school definitely have more than enough options to give to students for them to get the right program that they will master and build a career from it.
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The Korean Studies programme offered at Leiden University is a relatively small programme, allowing for intimate contact between students and professors. A lot of the classes happen in small groups, which improve the participation of students and as well as the attention given to each student. This helped me a lot in the development of certain skills and motivated me to work harder, as personalized feedback was given almost weekly. There was frequent and easily accessible contact with professors.
Within the programme, language learning was an important aspect, taking up almost half of the lecture hours. The intimate environment provided by the university allowed for fast and intensive language learning in a manner that was both playful and serious. In the second year, the students are obligated to attend a language school in South Korea for six months, to improve their knowledge of the Korean language as well as gain firsthand experience with Korean culture.
Since the Korean Studies programme is quite a specific program, the job opportunities linked to this study are pretty diverse. Many students continue by following a more general or diverse Masters’s programme that will increase their chances to find a job. However, for people who do want to continue in the East Asian field, this Bachelor’s programme offers a solid basis, backed by good Korean language knowledge.
Leiden University emphasizes the importance of academic research and writing. As such, students are required to write at least two research papers for each course. While intensive, this does allow for fast improvement of writing and research skills, as well as overall improvement of independent work.
What I experienced to be a downside of the programme is the lack of a course that talks about different research methods. This is often offered at other universities and considering the fact that students are required to do their own academic research for their bachelor thesis, a basic course on different research methods feels like a necessity.
More generally, Leiden University has a problem with their administration. Communication to students coming from the institution, not the programme, is often slow and unclear. It takes the university quite long to answer emails and communication between different departments is flawed. This means that the student often has to do a lot of reaching out to different people to have certain problems solved or questions answered. From my years at Leiden University I know that part of this is due to the lack of funding by the Dutch government, however I do not agree that students should be the victim of this.
Student life in Leiden is quite fun. It’s a smaller city but due to the renowned international reputation of the university there are a lot of student organizations and associations that organize a variety of events for students to join. Before the start of the academic year the university also organizes an introduction week, during which students get the opportunity to meet fellow students from different programmes. The only downside to living in Leiden is that there is a housing crisis, and as a consequence student housing in the centre of the city is expensive and hard to find.
Overall I would recommend studying at Leiden university thanks to its personalized teaching methods and accessible close contact with professors. The Korean Studies programme is a uniquely specific programme that teaches students how to gain insight into political, cultural and societal matters related to Korea but also broader East Asia. During the third and last year of the bachelor, students can choose a minor degree which they can fill in freely, according to their personal interest. The programme covers many different fields and helps students to build a solid skill package that is useful in a variety of different fields.View more
At the beginning of my studies, I had a completely different perspective of what entailed being an archaeologist, and although the reality is much different, I love it. This Bachelor’s program is oriented to give you the basis for further specializations. It is very international oriented, and the faculty has a broad network. They englobe many aspects of the field such as Digital Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Material Studies, Heritage, Field Work (excavations), and World Archaeology. It depends on you what type of path you want to follow, either a more theoretical one or perhaps something related to Natural Sciences, like Bioarchaeology. This is not history, so although you are going to learn about it, the main focus is on artifacts or what we archaeologists call material culture. So have this in mind before applying. Your goal is to interpret data from these archaeological remains, either in the lab by analyzing bones, botanical remains, pottery, or flint by instance, or by gathering historical accounts or geographical information.
The faculty is not in the center of Leiden as most faculties are; the Van Steenis building is located in the Bioscience Park in Leiden, thus a bit farther away. Professors are very knowledgeable in their field of studies, and the best part is that there is not much formality regarding their approaches; this means you will study in a relaxed atmosphere. This, however, doesn’t mean that they are not strict regarding your performance and the quality of your assignments.
I would recommend studying for the bachelor’s but following a master’s in the near future, as the bachelor’s program provides only fundamental training. Moreover, if you would like to stay in the Netherlands, start learning Dutch!
Here, most if not all jobs related to Archaeology and Heritage are only offered for those who speak Dutch fluently. There are plenty of jobs, but mostly they are not announced on websites so the way to get those jobs is to network with professors and other academics/professionals. This means that you should work on your networking skills.
The Security Studies Programme is a very good and balanced programme. The tutors are well-educated and involved in your education. Furthermore, topics are recent and factually well-based. In addition to this. Many real-world skills are taught alongside the normal content.View more
Leiden University offers a highly diverse academic environment and many courses that students can follow (most of them are held in English). Moreover, each course offers the possibility to choose elective courses and build your own path within your curriculum. The professors are strongly prepared and they encourage the full involvement of students. The campus of the Hague as well as the city are very welcoming and offer many opportunities for international students.View more
My experiences were during the COVID peak times of 2020-2021, and as such everything was done online. Also, LU is the only University I ever attended, so I have no measuring stick to measure LU against, keep that in mind and adjust your judgments while reading.
I followed the master’s track of Applied Cognitive Psychology at LU. I was positively surprised by the contents of the courses: It takes the “Applied”
seriously, as there are a lot of mock experiments, designs and interventions you create in mock teams comprised of students. You are not only required to use your knowledge of Psychology but also consider the whole “product” you will want to deliver (Proposals, funding requests, presentation to stakeholders).
Something I especially appreciated was that they even invited real CEOs to listen to a short pitch on the ideas we developed over 8 weeks, and then give us feedback and their opinion on the feasibility.
Professor’s in this master’s track that I met all seemed very personable and enthusiastic about their respective fields of Psychology.
It is a one-year course, with a required internship and master’s thesis on top of mandatory courses is quite time-intensive. Most students, like me, take one and a half or two years to graduate.
If you are interested in the field of Cognitive Psychology I recommend this master’s track.View more
I would definitely recommend the programme. It allows you to keep your options open and does not constrain you into a specific subject so soon. You can explore and study your passions while knowing you are in good hands for your future choices. The environment is extremely motivating and stimulating to strive for your best, while also being conscious of your mental well-being. There is mutual trust and benevolence between you and your peers. The professors are willing to help you even outside of class if you are motivated and interested. The pace of the university teaches you to be proactive towards what you want to achieve.View more
Attention for individuals (the professors will take the time to go over your work). There is also a lot of room within the program, while also having enough structure. I think the professors teach in a way in which it becomes clear that the aim is for you to learn and understand, so it’s not just about getting the grade.View more
I have really enjoyed my college experience at LUC so far. Leiden offers great teachers with good pedagogy and amazing facilities. While there have been online classes for the majority of last year, they all have been well organized and still interesting to follow because teachers have put the effort into them. There is also a real concern with mental health for students which has been appreciated with the Covid crisis. Moreover, the community of students and teachers at LUC is amazing. There is always something to do or someone to talk to. Lastly, the geographic position of LUC is perfect for students wanting to enjoy a fast-paced student lifeView more
Liberal arts and sciences at LUC is an amazing program in my opinion, as it allows you to study a broad range of subjects while still specialising in a particular area of interest. This program is a great fit for me because I had little to no idea what I wanted to study coming out of high school, and LUC allowed me to explore my interests further while linking a variety of topics and aspects (or study areas). LUC in particular looks into global challenges, a current topic through which I can develop my critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Lastly, and the most important aspect of LUC is the community. With the residential concept, I have made many amazing friends which have helped me immensely in the transition from high school to becoming an independent and growing adult. Overall this is an amazing program if you want to explore your interests and options without immediately picking your specialisation, become independent surrounded by amazing people, and develop lifelong skills, all in the wonderful city of The Hague.View more
LUC The Hague has great classes, and I loved studying the same as everyone in the first year and then choosing your major in the second year. The global challenges are interesting but a bit too broad, but the major helps you narrow down what you want to study. It is great to have elective space, I found out what I really like and feel passionate about by doing these electives! I loved living on campus for 2 years but I would only do this if you like socializing a lot because it can be really intense sometimes to study and live in the same building. LUC has amazing events such as a Pantomime, galas, a ski trip, hitchhiking competition, parties, and a lot of cool committees.View more